Two towns unite to remember Dr. King

Community members from Maplewood and South Orange honor King’s legacy at annual CCR event

Two towns unite to remember Dr. King

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race united the two towns to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of love, equality and acceptance Jan. 16, with its 16th annual MLK Observance and Volunteer Fair. The event, previously held at religious institutions, was hosted by Columbia High School for the […]

Beth El launches adult education programming

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — This month, Congregation Beth El will launch three learning series for adults and teens, to which the public is invited. • From Jan. 22 through April 23, participate in the “Beth El Beit Midrash: Paired Study Course.” Paired, or chevruta, learning has been a part of the Jewish rabbinic tradition for […]

Join Beth El for a Lego menorah build

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Join your neighbors at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave. in South Orange, as everyone builds a giant 14-foot menorah from Legos and lights it on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Help design and create platforms that, when locked together, will serve as the giant tower on which a magnificent menorah will […]

Beth El to host talk by parenting author

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Maurice Elias, author of “The Joys & Oys of Parenting,” will speak at Congregation Beth El. Books will be available for sale and the author will sign books. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees should RSVP by Nov. […]

Beth El, Oheb Shalom to host spoken word artist for special Tisha B’Av program

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Congregation Beth El and Oheb Shalom Congregation will commemorate Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the anniversary of a number of disasters in Jewish history, with an evening of spoken word poetry featuring spoken word artist Joseph D. Robbins. The program will take place at Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave. in South Orange, […]

Golda Och celebrates golden anniversary

Jewish day school with two West Orange campuses applauds 50-year commitment to education

Golda Och celebrates golden anniversary

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Well-wishers in the Jewish community can often be heard saying, “May you go from strength to strength.” That is certainly what Jewish day school Golda Och Academy has been doing as it continues to grow and educate. The school in West Orange celebrated its 50th anniversary June 9 at Congregation Beth […]

Golda Och to celebrate golden anniversary

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, June 9, Golda Och Academy will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a special birthday celebration at the Golda and Michael Och Campus of Congregation Beth El in South Orange. Golda Och Academy, formerly Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, opened in 1965 with 18 kindergarten and first-grade […]

Students speak of everyday racism at CHS

Following district incidents on social media, high school students spoke out during BOE meeting

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This month, the South Orange-Maplewood community was shocked by acts of racism and anti-Semitism on social media from local students. In response, several students and teachers spoke out at the May 12 Board of Education reorganization meeting, proposing ways to rectify the situation and begging the school district to […]

Beth El preschoolers look to the past and future with the SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Students from the Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Congregation Beth El personally delivered a donation of $150 to Beth Halliday of South Orange Public Library in honor of the library’s 150th birthday. On Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. the library will officially open the in-house timeline, which places the library’s […]

Congregation Beth El welcomes new preschool director

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Congregation Beth El has announced that Danielle Hartwig will join the congregation in July as the next director of the Thelma K. Reisman Preschool. Hartwig joins Beth El from Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, where she most recently served as the curriculum and program coordinator in the synagogue’s Early Childhood Center, […]